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BrainRobotics CES 2019

Clinician Support

I might have a potential user for the BrainRobotics hand. Can I get a demo sent out to me, or have someone reach out? What should I do?
  • Please write to us directly by clicking the button above and share some details with us so we can help out in the best way possible.
How robust are the individual digit motors and how difficult are they to repair in the field?
  • We are using high precision micro-motors that imported from Germany. There are 2 micro-motors in the thumb, and the other 4 fingers each have 1 micro-motor. The motor is able to offer 120N (~27lbs in weight) grip power for each digit and is combined with our high precision turbine shaft to support the movement of digits. We offer all the components for the repair, but it really depends on whether the prosthetist/clinic will feel comfortable to change the components themselves. Everything can always be sent back to us, and we will offer a loaner hand to the user.
Is the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand 3d printed?
  • Our prosthetic hand is not 3d printed.  3d printed materials are not strong and stable enough for what our hand needs to help a user accomplish. We are using aviation-level aluminum alloy and food-grade plastic as our hand materials. We have an electrode system that comes with the hand to obtain the users' EMG signals in their forearms.
Are you using a pattern recognition system similar to what is currently out on the market?
  • We are using a form of pattern recognition.  However, the whole system, including the hand, will come at a much more affordable price. The hand will be controlled through gesture selection mode, perform mode, and the control button.
  • For the 8-ch, we are more advanced than what is currently available on the market in the signal processing part. We are able to realize the control of every digit with our 'Intuitive Control' mode. 
Have you developed your own internal componentry (electrode/batteries/etc)?
  • Our products include everything a prosthetist needs for a myoelectric hand. We have the terminal hand with the wrist, the electrodes, the battery, the control box, the cables that connect all the parts, and we even offer 2 sets of electrode dummies for the socket making process. All the components come as one package, making it much more cost-efficient for the clinics & prosthetists.
Does that include the cost of the electrodes/components/software (learning algorithm)?
  • The price will include everything, electrodes, components, software (learning algorithm). Plus a 3-year warranty.
What sets your pattern recognition software apart from others?
  • We are a Brain-machine interface company that not only has the pattern recognition algorithms for EMG signals, but we also have headband products that are able to analyze the EEG signals. We started from the Harvard Innovation Lab, and we have our specific algorithm engineer team from both MIT & Harvard that research on both EMG & EEG multi-channel pathway signal processing methods. 
How long does it take to learn to use the hand?
  • The pace at which each individual gains this control varies.
  • Depending on the condition of your limb, it may take several months to achieve confident and natural use of a prosthesis.  Short-term and long-term goals should be jointly agreed between you and the clinicians involved in your care.

  • Initial wearing periods should be no longer than 15 to 30 minutes, with frequent examination of the skin for excess pressure or poor socket fit.

    If no skin problems are present, wearing periods may be increased in 30-minute increments three times a day. By the end of a week, you may be comfortable wearing your prosthesis all day.

    Always start with simple activities and gradually increase the complexity as your skill levels and confidence grow.

  • Remember that learning to relax is as important as opening and closing the prosthesis.

General Questions

Will I be able to drive a car with the help of my prosthesis?
  • In terms of the hand’s capabilities, it is possible to operate a motor vehicle with the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand after sufficient proficiency is achieved. However, you will need to consult your local authorities to ensure it is legal for you to operate a car or bike in your country, state or city. In many cases, only vehicles with an automatic transmission may be operated.
Do I need to wear a glove/covering with the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand?
  • No, you do not.
Do you provide gloves/coverings with the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand if I would like to wear one?
  • We currently do not provide gloves/coverings with our prosthetic hand but always welcome user feedback!
Can I return to work with the help of my prosthesis?
  • Depending on your occupation, you should be able to return to work with your prosthesis but please consider any local laws involving the operation of heavy machinery, driving a vehicle of any kind, etc.
When will I need a new prosthesis?
  • If the socket of your prosthesis fits well over the long term and no difficulties arise, you may not need a new prosthesis.